News Releases and Statements


State Performance Funding Falling Short in Student Retention and
Degree Completion 

State higher education performance funding is falling short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges, according to new research published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more



Study Finds Steep Decline in Students Repeating Grades
Grade retention—the controversial practice of requiring a student to repeat a grade in school due to a lack of academic progress—steadily declined from 2005 through 2010, according to new research published today in Educational Researcher. Read more


Increasingly Popular Short-Term Community College Certificate Programs Offer Limited Labor-Market Returns, Study Finds
Short-term certificate programs at community colleges offer limited labor-market returns, on average, in most fields of study, according to new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more


New AERA Open Access Journal Now Accepting Article Submissions
AERA Open, a new scholarly journal from AERA, is now accepting article submissions. It is among the first open access journals to be launched by a major scholarly social science society. Read more

James D. Anderson, Noted American Education History and Desegregation Expert, 
to Give 2014 Brown Lecture in Educational Research—October 23

The title of this year’s public lecture, which features speaker Dr. James D. Anderson, is “A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality.” Read more


AERA Names Juliane Baron Director of Government Relations
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has named Juliane Baron as its new Director of Government Relations. She begins her position on October 1. Read more


New Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Just Released
The new revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing has just been released jointly by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). Read more

Study: Attending a More Selective College Doesn’t Mean a Better Chance
of Graduating
Attending a more selective college, as measured by average SAT score, does not make much of a difference for a student’s chance of graduating with a bachelor’s degreeonce individual and other institutional factors are taken into account, according to research published today in the American Educational Research JournalRead more


Study Finds Unintended Consequences of Raising State Math and Science Graduation Requirements
Raising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in Educational Researcher. Read more


Study: Teachers More Likely to Use Ineffective Instruction When Teaching Students with Mathematics Difficulties
First-grade teachers in the United States may need to change their instructional practices if they are to raise the mathematics achievement of students with mathematics difficulties, according to new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Read more

Study: Little Evidence That No Child Left Behind Has Hurt Teacher Job Satisfaction
The conventional wisdom that No Child Left Behind has eroded teacher job satisfaction and commitment is off the mark, according to new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of AERA. Read more

AERA Announces New Editors for 
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
AERA has named Daniel McCaffrey and Li Cai as the new editors for the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS). McCaffrey and Cai will begin reviewing manuscripts on July 1, 2014, and will become editors of record for a three-year term beginning in January 2015. Read more


Study: Addressing “Mischievous Responders” Would Increase Validity of Adolescent Research
“Mischievous responders” play the game of intentionally providing inaccurate answers on anonymous surveys, a widespread problem that can mislead research findings. However, new data analysis procedures may help minimize the impact of these “jokester youths,” according to research published in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of AERA. Read more

Study: State Value-Added Performance Measures Do Not Reflect the Content or Quality of Teachers’ Instruction
New research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, finds weak to nonexistent relationships between state-administered value-added model (VAM) measures of teacher performance and the content or quality of teachers’ instruction. Read more


AERA Selects James D. Anderson to Deliver 2014 Brown Lecture
James P. Anderson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a noted expert on American education history and desegregation, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), to present the 2014 Brown Lecture in Education Research. Read more


AERA Announces 2014 Award Winners in Education Research
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) today announced the winners of its 2014 awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony on April 5 at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Read more

Study: Community College Transfers as Likely to Earn a BA as Four-Year Students, 
Despite Credit Transfer Roadblocks
Students who begin their postsecondary education at a community college and successfully transfer to a four-year college have BA graduation rates equal to similar students who begin at four-year colleges, according to new research published today. Read more

Jeannie Oakes Voted AERA President-Elect; Other Key Members Elected to
AERA Council
Jeannie Oakes, director of the Ford Foundation’s programs in Educational Equity and Scholarship, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Read more


Study: Classroom Focus on Social and Emotional Skills Can Lead to
Academic Gains
Classroom programs designed to improve elementary school students’ social and emotional skills can also increase reading and math achievement, even if academic improvement is not a direct goal of the skills building, according to a study to be published this month in American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). Read more

AERA 2014 Fellows Announced
AERA has announced the selection of 22 scholars as 2014 AERA Fellows. Read more

AERA Appoints Inaugural Editors for AERA Open

AERA today announced the appointment of Mark Warschauer, Greg J. Duncan, and Jacquelynne Eccles as the inaugural editors of AERA Open, effective July 1. Read more


January/February ER Publishes New Studies on the Arts and Critical Thinking, NCLB Waivers, and School-wide Consequences of Student Risk Factors
The January/February issue of Educational Researcher includes three feature articles, as well as a special section that examines the standards for high-quality education research. Read more

Study: University Rankings Influence Number and Competitiveness of Applicants
How universities fare on reputational quality-of-life and academic rankings – such as those published by the Princeton Review or U.S. News & World Report – can have a measurable effect on the number of applications they – and their competitors – receive and on the academic competitiveness of the resulting freshman class, according to a new study. Read more

Researchers Find Substantial Drop in Use of Affirmative Action in College Admissions
University of Washington researchers Grant H. Blume and Mark C. Long have produced the first empirical estimates using national-level data to show the extent to which levels of affirmative action in college admissions decisions changed during the period of 1992 to 2004. Read more



December ER Releases Key New Studies: Higher Education Diversity, Common Core Advocacy, Improving Professional Development, Continuing Relevance of Textbooks
The December issue of ER includes four feature articles. Read more


November 2013 Educational Researcher: Automated Test Construction Can Better Assess Student Mastery of Common Core State Standards
Included in this issue is a report on an innovative algorithm for automated test construction that results in much more highly aligned – and therefore, more valid – assessments of student mastery of state content standards. Read more

AERA Issues Recommendations for Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
With a focus on the dramatic increase in non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) in schools, colleges, and departments of education – and on the working conditions they encounter – the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has issued a statement and background report on advancing the professional circumstances for these faculty members. Read more
AERA Issues Recommendations for Rethinking Faculty Evaluation for the 21st Century
A new report from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Rethinking Faculty Evaluation, offers research-based guidelines for rethinking how institutions of higher education evaluate research, scholarship, and teaching for tenure-line faculty. Read more


October 2013 Educational Researcher Examines Gender Gap in College Enrollment
Included in this issue is an unprecedented look at the role of sorting between boys and girls across public U.S. high schools in explaining the gender gap of college enrollment among black and Hispanic students. Read more

Want to Increase College Students’ Graduation Rates? Coach Them, Researchers Find
Individualized coaching of college students boosts student persistence and completion, while being less costly to implement than targeted financial aid programs and other intervention methods. Read more


Education Policy and Civil Rights Expert Gary Orfield to Give 10th Annual Brown Lecture on October 24 in Washington, D.C.
R.S.V.P. today for the 2013 Brown Lecture: A New Civil Rights Agenda for American EducationRead more

AERA Executive Director Comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s New Guidance 
on the Voluntary Use of Race to Support Diversity in Higher Education
Felice J. Levine, executive director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of new guidance to colleges and universities on the voluntary use of race to support diversity in postsecondary education. Read more

Social and Behavioral Science Organizations to Hold Congressional Briefing on “What's Ailing America? Shorter Lives, Poorer Health”
At a Capitol Hill briefing, four distinguished experts in the areas of health, behavioral, and social sciences will discuss the findings and research recommendations of the report "U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health." Read more


AERA Executive Director Comments on Supreme Court’s Fisher Ruling
The Supreme Court’s ruling, by upholding Grutter and affirming the state’s compelling interest in fostering the benefits of diversity in higher education, aligns with the overwhelming body of scientific research. Read more

AERA Statement on NSF's New Rules for Complying With Congressional Restrictions on Political Science Research
AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine today released the following statement regarding the National Science Foundation’s June 7, 2013, notice on implementation of the 2013 Federal Continuing Appropriations Act provisions affecting NSF’s political science program. Read more

AERA Appoints New Editors for American Educational Research Journal
AERA announced the appointment of new editors for the Social and Institutional Analysis (SIA) and Teaching, Learning, and Human Development (TLHD) sections of the American Educational Research Journal. Read more


Congressional Briefing Underscores Necessity of IES Research in STEM Education
An AERA co-sponsored Capitol Hill briefing last week spoke to the vital role of STEM education research funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in advancing math and science teaching, in the United States, from pre-school through secondary education. Learn more

AERA to Launch Open Access Journal
May 21—The American Educational Research Association announced today that it will launch AERA Open, an online, peer-reviewed journal that will be freely available to all readers on the web. AERA Open is expected to start publishing articles in early 2014. Read more


Noted Education Expert Gary Orfield Selected as 2013 Brown Lecturer 
April 29—Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to present the 2013 Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the Association’s 94th Annual Meeting taking place this week in San Francisco. Read more

AERA Issues Report on Prevention of Bullying in Schools and Colleges
April 30, 2012—AERA issued a new report titled Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations. The report results from the work of a blue-ribbon AERA task force mandated to prepare and present practical short-term and long-term recommendations to address bullying of children and youth. Read more

AERA to Live-Stream Select Annual Meeting Sessions
April 24, 2013—Nine sessions will feature prominent scholars and other national voices speaking on key issues at all levels of education. Free registration is required to watch any of the nine sessions. Read more

Special Section of Educational Researcher Tackles Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

April 24, 2013—As the higher education community and the nation await a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Educational Researcher (ER) examines the role of social science research in the arena of public affairs. Read more

Scholars Examine Research on the Use of Race in Admissions in Anticipation of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Decision by U.S. Supreme Court

April 24, 2013—At the AERA Annual Meeting, two sessions on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin will outline scientific evidence on the use of race as one factor in the university’s admissions policy as outlined in the AERA et al. amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications of the imminent court decision for higher education. Read more

Arne Duncan and Leading Scholars to Discuss Key Issues with More than 14,000 Education Researchers at AERA Annual Meeting

April 7, 2013—U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the field’s leading scholars will meet with more than 14,000 education researchers at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association to examine the major issues and challenges facing students at all levels of education, educators, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Read more

AERA Announces 2013 Award Winners in Education Research

April 4, 2013—AERA today announced the winners of its 2013 awards for excellence in education research. AERA will honor the recipients for their outstanding scholarship and service at an awards ceremony luncheon on April 29 at the AERA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read more

Deadline for AERA-EWA Data Journalism Fellowships Quickly Approaching

April 2, 2013─Journalists interested in broadening their understanding of education data have until April 5 to apply for a week-long fellowship co-sponsored by AERA and the Education Writers Association. Read more


Joyce E. King Voted President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association
March 2013─Joyce E. King, a Georgia State University professor who is expert in teacher education and Black culture and education, has been voted president-elect of AERA. Her term as president begins at the conclusion of AERA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, after one year of service as president-elect. Read more

AERA Announces 2013 Fellows
March 2013─AERA has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2013 AERA Fellows. Read more


OSTP Announces Plans to Increase Access to Federally Funded Research, AERA Well-Positioned to Respond
February 2013─The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on February 22, 2013, directing all federal agencies with R&D expenditures exceeding $100 million per year to develop plans to increase public access to the results of unclassified, federally funded research. Public access to knowledge, federally funded or not, has been a priority topic for AERA. Read more

AERA Announces Publication of the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education

February 4, 2013─AERA is proud to announce the publication of the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education, a volume aimed at educators, researchers, policy makers, and students to help create better understanding of environmental issues. Read more


The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Graduate Fields of Study
January 23, 2013─Important findings on the impact of banning affirmative action in higher education were just published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). The article, “Understanding the Impact of Affirmative Action Bans in Different Graduate Fields of Study,” examines the effects of affirmative action bans on the enrollment of students of color across six fields of graduate study in four states. Read more

New Research Shows Uncertain Benefits after Grade 2

January 14, 2013─Education researchers Paul Hanselman and Geoffrey D. Borman have evaluated the impact of literacy instruction in grades 3 through 5. Their findings were published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA). Read more

Researchers Find Quality of Instruction Trumps Language in Reading Programs for Elementary-Age English Language Learners
January 14, 2013─New research synthesizes studies of English reading outcomes for Spanish-dominant English language learners (ELLs) in elementary schools. The review appears in the December issue of Review of Educational Research. Read more
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